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Bertjan Pot Visits Cranbrook Academy of Art. Presents the 2014 Knoll Lecture in Design

Published: 09.03.2014

On March 11 at 6pm,
Cranbrook Academy of Art welcomes internationally-renowned designer Bertjan Pot for this year's Knoll Lecture in Design.

Now in its tenth year, the Knoll Lecture in Design was established by Knoll, the residential furnishings company founded by Academy graduate Florence Schust and her husband Hans Knoll. Each year, the endowed Knoll Lecture Fund brings to the Cranbrook campus the world’s most distinguished and innovative designers to speak about their practice and to work with tomorrow’s design leaders studying at the Academy. Past speakers have included Roy McMakin, Benjamin Pardo and Martino Gamper.

Bertjan Pot is best known for his Random Light (1999, and pictured above, left). Pot says the light started as an experiment, as do most products at Studio Bertjan Pot. He continues, “the outcome is usually an interior product showing a fascination for techniques, structures, patterns and colors. Most experiments start quite impulsively by a certain curiosity for how things would function or how something would look." From there, Pot takes on challenges with manufacturers to explore possibilities and push the boundaries a bit. He says, "the reward for each challenge is a new one.”

His work resides in collections around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and MoMA in New York.

The lecture will be held in deSalle Auditorium at Cranbrook Art Museum. All lectures are included with regular Museum admission and free to ArtMembers and students with identification. Free parking is available at Cranbrook Art Museum. If the lot is full, ample free parking is available in the adjacent Institute of Science parking garage.

Julie Fracker
Cranbrook Academy of Art
Office: 248.645.3329
Cell: 248.770.1721